How Ahmedabad Smash Masters can qualify for the 2018 PBL semi-finals
Awadhe Warriors’ shocking 6-(-1) defeat to Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Smashers’ narrow 3-2 win over Bengaluru Blasters mathematically ended duo’s chances of making it to the semi-finals of the PBL table. We take a look at what the Ahmedabad Smash Masters need to make it to the last four.
Ahmedabad’s defeat to Chennai and the latter’s win over the Blasters has lifted the Smashers to the fifth place on the table which has eliminated them, along with Awadhe Warriors, from the competition. The Masters now sit at the third place with 12 points and a game in hand to control their own destiny in the competition.
The PBL debutants play Mumbai Rockets next, who sit two points behind them, while 6th and 7th placed Delhi Dashers and North Eastern Warriors, who play each other, are just a point off them. In the four games that they have played thus far, Ahmedabad
As things stand, Ahmedabad would need just three points to secure a place in the last four of the competition since the loser of the Delhi-North Eastern game could earn just three points which would not be enough to overtake the Masters. However, the onus will still be on the Masters to get it right in their match though and on paper, it doesn’t look like it is going to be much of a challenge for them.
Despite having star players like Son Wan Ho and Beiwen Zhang, Mumbai
What if Ahmedabad lose 3-2 to Mumbai
This is an interesting one. If Ahmedabad
What if Ahmedabad lose 4-1 to Mumbai
This is again a tricky one for the debutants. Mumbai will make it through in this scenario but Ahmedabad
Anything short of this and Ahmedabad's debut campaign, despite being exciting, will end up as a failed one. However, the odds of that happening are slim but if the PBL has shown us anything in the last two years, it is the fact that literally, anything is possible.